Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Embers by Kate Sherwood


Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

The Common Law novels can be read on their own, or enjoyed in series order.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I have to award this full stars because after this second book, I’m completely hooked on Jericho and his dysfunctional hometown. This series has a gritty, claustrophobic feel to it that reminds me of TV’s True Detective or the film Winter’s Bone.

Mosely, Montana is a grim place and big city homicide cop, Jericho finds himself unable to trust any of the locals. Jericho is caught between the local police, federal agencies, a biker gang, a mob family, and whoever is moving things across the American/Canadian border. The second book only adds to the complexity of this crime story – I’m expecting the many threads will eventually come together by the end of the series.

This series carefully explores the grinding rural poverty in a small northern border town. Good and bad blur as Jericho pushes at motivation and comes to a new understanding of the bleak hopelessness he left behind in his hometown. I love the ambiguity and thoughtfulness of these books.

Jericho’s relationship with Wade adds another layer to the complexity of this story. Old lovers and childhood friends, the chemistry between them crackles – even as Wade’s involvement in the crimes Jericho is investigating becomes increasingly obvious but almost impossible to prove.

I have loved the first two books, but I’m slightly annoyed that the series is marketed as m/m romance because there is very little romance or sex in this story. If Jericho or Wade were female, the same book would be marketed as gritty crime or suspense writing.

I love these books but this is not a standalone. After reading Embers, it seems that the central story will span the whole series. It is definitely worth reading – just remember to start from the beginning and read them in order. I’ve already signed up for books three and four...


Also Available in the Common Law Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Long Shadows post.



Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario, and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”—other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the subgenres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, sci-fi, or fantasy—the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions: How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels... sometimes it’s easier to bond with a nonhuman, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

With her writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future. (And check out her imaginary friend, Cate Cameron, who writes m/f romance and YA.)

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Embers (Common Law #2) by Kate Sherwood to read and review.

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